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by kenm
Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: National Literacy Trust 'explanation' of SP
Replies: 4
Views: 3267

Re: National Literacy Trust 'explanation' of SP

Hi Ken, I'm in favour of using language that is accessible to all. Although at a teachers' conference I would expect teachers to be using the 'jargon of the trade' and talking about 'digraphs', 'trigraphs' and 'phonograms', I think it's much better to use terminology that is likely to be understood...
by kenm
Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: National Literacy Trust 'explanation' of SP
Replies: 4
Views: 3267

Re: National Literacy Trust 'explanation' of SP

A phonogram, known in linguistics as a rime, is composed of the vowel and all the sounds that follow it, such as –ake in the word cake. Children use these phonograms to learn about “word families” for example cake, make, bake, fake. A phonogram is a grapheme (written character) which represents a p...
by kenm
Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Great pieces on multi-cueing and decoding v comprehension
Replies: 4
Views: 2906

Re: Great pieces on multi-cueing and decoding v comprehension

See Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Gold Bug", for the use of letter frequencies in decrypting a simple substitution cypher. You need a long enough cypher sequence, and you need to know or guess the language of the clear text. If single symbol frequencies don't give a solution, you could try dig...
by kenm
Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Pupils will have to know times tables by age 11
Replies: 2
Views: 1982

Re: Pupils will have to know times tables by age 11

I recall reading, many years ago, a teacher's description of his/her main educational aim: not filling a brain with knowlege but enlarging the portals into the brain by which knowledge may be acquired (can anyone remind who it was and where the description can be found?). For a normal child, with ad...
by kenm
Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Primary schools outside London catching up with capital
Replies: 2
Views: 2660

Re: Primary schools outside London catching up with capital

[October 2015] However, our report last year on provision for the most able pupils and our recent survey on the effectiveness of the curriculum at key stage 3 gave me great cause for concern about the transition from primary to secondary education. and from an earlier report [2013] Poor provision i...
by kenm
Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Oxbridge colleges named and shamed
Replies: 4
Views: 3534

Re: Oxbridge colleges named and shamed

...A point that hasn't been raised is that private school teachers often have good contacts with Oxbridge Tutors. This is true also of State schools but I suspect that it's private schools with a much stronger network. In what way do you think they exploit such contacts? I would guess that the scho...
by kenm
Sun Dec 20, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Oxbridge colleges named and shamed
Replies: 4
Views: 3534

Re: Oxbridge colleges named and shamed

Two letters in the Guardian and the Observer. In defence of Oxford: Undergraduates at Oxford are selected by college tutors and their faculties, not by college administrators (“Oxbridge colleges named and shamed for failing to admit disadvantaged students”, News). Tutors have no interest in what kin...
by kenm
Fri Dec 18, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Oxbridge colleges named and shamed
Replies: 4
Views: 3534

Re: Oxbridge colleges named and shamed

Successive administrations have tried to hive off the responsibility for social mobility onto the universities, while reducing State financing for undergraduates in a manner that inevitably leads to the universities needing to act more commercially. I am sorry that Oxford and Cambridge accepted the ...
by kenm
Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New U.S. Education law
Replies: 0
Views: 2177

New U.S. Education law

In the Huffington Post, The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the new and vastly improved version of what is now being called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the successor to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). For people (such as me...
by kenm
Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fluency and expression in text-reading
Replies: 11
Views: 4485

Re: Fluency and expression in text-reading

Text reading fluency – the ability to read quickly, accurately and with a natural intonation – has been proposed as a predictor of reading comprehension. In the current study, we examined the role of oral text reading fluency, defined as text reading rate and text reading prosody, as a contributor ...
by kenm
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decodable Books
Replies: 8
Views: 4660

Re: Decodable Books

If you are in the early stages of learning to read, there are not many words you can decode accurately and independently without any clues. It depends on which words you are familiar with and which letter-sound correspondences you have learned. For a series of books to be decodable at different sta...
by kenm
Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Pens are dead. Paper is dead. Handwriting is a relic
Replies: 5
Views: 4526

Re: Pens are dead. Paper is dead. Handwriting is a relic

It's a short-sighted view to attribute the decline of handwriting to the smart phone. For me, it started in about 1964, when I first used a Flexowriter for preparing my computer programs on paper tape, with accompanying print. An IBM Golfball typewriter connected to a computer via a telephone line w...
by kenm
Sat Oct 03, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Room to Read
Replies: 2
Views: 2294

Re: Room to Read

Room to Read is a charity that seeks to improve literacy around the world. It is based in the USA. They build libraries, develop and publish books and train teachers. Here is a very favourable view of it, apparently independent. Almost 800 million people in the world are illiterate, meaning they ca...
by kenm
Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Music Lessons
Replies: 4
Views: 3616

Re: Music Lessons

European staff musical notation* is a surprisingly well unified method of prescribing sounds, with rather few competing signs for particular features, or signs whose meaning varies with context. Italian music and musicians were dominant over most of Europe from c. 1500 to 1700, so their language bec...
by kenm
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen webchat wednesday 2nd Sept
Replies: 14
Views: 10978

Re: Michael Rosen webchat wednesday 2nd Sept

How about, "Which of the schemes for teaching reading by synthetic phonics have you observed in action?", which gives experts the opportunity to tell him how modern methods improve on them (if they do).